My name is Christina and I am the girl behind The Athletarian. The term Athletarian was coined by me in an attempt to combine two words that I felt described me – an athlete and a vegetarian.
The athlete in me:
The athlete part is somewhat ironic because for most of my life I was not into sports or fitness. I started running when I was in University and haven’t stopped since. My University had a great gym and membership was included in tuition so I made sure to utilize it as much as possible. Running around the indoor track was the start of my love affair with the sport. I quickly caught the running bug and signed up for my first 10K race. Soon after, I completed two half marathons, one full marathon, and recently, a series of smaller races (5K, 8K, 10K). I am driven by my determination to become a better runner, a faster runner, and a more efficient runner. I run some races to challenge myself, and some races for fun. I know I will never be the fastest runner out there, but I am more than okay with that. I run because I love it – the training, the races, the time to myself. I run because I can, and I will continue to keep at it as long as my legs let me!
The vegetarian in me:
When it comes to food, I have been back and forth experimenting with different lifestyles to determine what works the best for my body. I started off as an eater of everything and about five years ago I cut meat out of my diet completely. I simply wasn’t enjoying the taste anymore and I watched a few documentaries on the meat industry that had an impact on me. I was a vegetarian, then a vegan, and then a vegetarian again. I tampered with some poultry and fish recently but quickly decided it wasn’t for me. I am back to being a vegetarian and try to stick to plant-based foods as much as I can. Along with an abundance of fruit and vegetables, I eat some animal-based products (such as Greek yogurt and protein powders) as well. I am always evolving and trying new things but this is what works for me right now!
I am using this blog as a way of connecting with the world, meeting people like me and unlike me, sharing my stories, and documenting my journey and challenges in becoming even healthier and more fit. I hope that my love for fitness and healthy eating inspires you.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy my blog!